Choosing the Right Thermostat For Your Home

Home thermostats come in many different shapes and sizes. When the time comes to choose a new one it can be difficult to know which one is right for your needs. Luckily, there are only a few technical things one have to worry about when buying a new thermostat.

For the most part, your choice in thermostat will be widely determined by your personal preference and comfort with technology. With that said, here’s a quick run-down of what you should consider before purchasing a new thermostat.

1. Manual, Programmable, or Smart?

Generally speaking, there are three main types of thermostats that you can choose from: manual, programmable, and smart.

Manual thermostats are the ‘old-school’ way of regulating your homes indoor temperature. They typically feature a dial that you rotate (although some have a small digital interface with manual buttons) to set your desired temperature and it will do its best to keep your room at the selected temperature until you switched it off. Manual thermostats are by far the simplest of the three, but they offer few convenience features and are not particularly energy efficient.

Programmable thermostats on the other hand help alleviate some of the shortcomings of manual thermostats by giving the user more choice and control over their home’s temperature. Programmable thermostats feature a digital display with manual buttons for inputting your desired temperature. Some units may feature a touchscreen instead of buttons. The primary difference between a programmable thermostat and a manual one is that a programmable thermostat can regulate your homes temperature automatically based on your needs. In many cases, programmable thermostats allow the user to program a heating/cooling schedule that will automatically keep the house cool while you are away and heat back up when you are on your way home. However, programmable thermostats often only allow you to have one programmed schedule and they have a very limited feature set when compared to the more modern smart devices.

Smart thermostats are the epitome of the modern household thermostat. They are usually connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and thus are capable of far greater functions. Smart thermostats allow you to program custom climate schedules for each day of the week (rather than just one or two pre-programmed schedules, like with programmable thermostats) giving you complete and total control over your homes temperature. Depending on the model you get, smart thermostats are also capable of communicating with your smart phone through the manufactures mobile app. This allows you to check, maintain, and make changes to your homes temperature even when you are away. Although smart thermostats bare the biggest upfront costs, their ability to save you money in energy bills may make up for this.

2. Compatibility With Your Home

After choosing your preferred type of thermostat your next step should be to verify if your chosen thermostat will be compatible with your homes heating and cooling systems. Listed below are the types of heating and cooling systems used in most homes:

1 Stage: Separate heating and cooling units
2 Stage: Heating and cooling units with a low and a high setting
Direct Line Voltage: Used in older homes, 110 or 240 DC power source for the thermostat.
24 mV: Fireplace, floor, or wall furnace
Zone: One HVAC system control heating and cooling multiple different areas of the home.

If you need further help identifying what type of heating and cooling system your home utilizes, feel free to give us a call.

3. Personal Preference

Once you have determined the type of thermostat you want and have verified that it will be compatible with the existing HVAC systems in your home, it is time to choose a model. Choosing a thermostat model boils down entirely to personal preference and choosing a model that will do everything that you want/need your thermostat to do.

Do you want a thermostat that has all the latest features?
Are you looking for a less expensive no-thrills unit?
Do you want to be able to control your thermostat from your smartphone?

These will be the questions you will have to ask yourself when searching for the model of thermostat that you want.

If you have any further questions about your homes thermostat or if you need further assistance in choosing the right thermostat type or model for you, feel free to contact us. Comfort Air stands ready to best service your thermostat and other HVAC related needs!

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Furnace Maintenance Warning Signs

Although it’s very important, furnace maintenance is one of those around the house responsibilities that often goes ignored. If you notice that even though you have cranked up the thermostat your home is still chilly, it could be a sign that you need furnace repair. Also, if your furnace is making rumbling noises, and sounds possessed, this is another sign that you need to have a professional come out and diagnose the issue.

A furnace will only last about 15-20 years, and requires annual maintenance to make sure everything is in working order. This helps to ensure that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible and heating your home as it should.

Making sure air quality in your home is at an optimal level is a key to good health. If it’s been awhile since you’ve had furnace maintenance, or it you notice your heating bill is higher than usual, it would be a great idea to schedule an appointment with us. Higher heating bills can be a sign that your system is not functioning as well as it could be. Having it serviced annually will ensure that you get the most out of your HVAC system, and keep it running as efficiently as possible. Call us to make an appointment today!

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Winter is Coming: Schedule Your Furnace Maintenance

Fall is one of the busiest seasons of the year, and scheduling a furnace maintenance is probably one of the last things on your mind, but keeping up with it can save you big bucks in the long run. Think of furnace maintenance like you would think of car maintenance. You wouldn’t expect your car to be in top shape if you hadn’t changed the oil in 5 years. It’s the same idea with a gas furnace or an electric furnace. They are mechanical systems with components that need to be inspected, cleaned and adjusted from time to time to ensure proper functioning. Simply following the manufacturer’s instructions to keep your HVAC system running in tip top shape and can prevent last minute emergency repairs, which almost always incur lofty service fees.

What are the benefits of annual furnace maintenance?

  • Prolong the life of your system by making sure each piece is in full working order
  • Save on energy costs by improving efficiency
  • May help to keep your warranty valid

In between maintenance, one good habit is to change the furnace filter every 3 months so as to insure proper filtration of dust and allergens that enter your home due to everyday living. Comfort air is licensed, bonded, and insured. We are the professionals you can rely on to help maintain your furnace so it functions at an optimal level. Give us a call today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance.

 

Providing the best in furnace repair in Vancouver, WA

With summer officially behind us, now is the time for residents of Vancouver, WA and the Portland Metro area to turn their attention towards the fall and winter months.  The days have already turned toward the colder, wet weather for which our area is so well known; but just because the weather is starting to get cooler doesn’t mean your home should!

Comfort Air has been providing furnace repair and installation services to our clients in Vancouver, WA and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. We have the experience and the technical know-how to ensure that your home not only stays nice and cozy this fall and winter, but that your home is heated evenly and efficiently.

If you feel your furnace has not been warming your house like it used to, or perhaps not heating your home at all, please give Comfort Air a call!  We’ll are always more than happy to send one of our trained technicians to perform a diagnostic analysis your heating system, and work with you on the most prudent course of action specific to your furnace repair needs.

If a furnace repair is what you need to get through the cold times ahead, look no further than Comfort Air!

Winter is coming; do you require a furnace installation?

As summer here in the Pacific Northwest begins to wind down to a close it is time to begin looking forward towards the cooler months of the year. Although our summers can be rather toasty our fall and winter seasons are equally, if not more so, extreme. While there is no doubt that the cooler temperatures and precipitation will feel quite lovely after the scorching heat of summer. There will come a time when we will all find some comfort in a nicely heated home to escape the cold, wet weather. Which is why now is a good opportunity to check your homes heating systems and see if you’re in need of a new furnace installation.

Depending on where you live, the fall and winters here in the northwest can get particularly brutal. Nobody likes to feel cold, especially in their own home and if your homes heating systems aren’t working properly, or at all, now would be a great time to get it seen too. Whenever you’re ready, we can send one of our certified technicians to your home to take a quick look at the state of your homes heating systems. From there we can begin to discuss what repairs need to be done, or if need be, new furnace installation options.

Come the cold weather, you’ll sure be happy that you got in contact with us to make sure your heating systems were fully operational. After all, there is only so much a blanket can do to keep you warm! If you are in need of any repair work or are interested in a furnace installation, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Comfort Air.

Comfort Air Can Provide New AC Installation

As we head further and further into the summer season the days will begin to get warmer and warmer, which can be great to an extent, but for many of us there are just some days that are simply too hot to handle. On these days, it’s nice to have a cool place to retreat to while you wait out the temporary heatwave. Now is the perfect time to double check your cooling systems to make sure you aren’t in need of a system repair or an entirely new AC.

After all, the last thing you are going to want is to run indoors trying to escape the heat only to discover your cold air won’t turn on. Not a good situation to be in. Luckily for you, the hottest days of summer are still ahead of us and there is still time to check your HVAC systems in order to make sure everything is running smoothly. Of course, if you are unsure if your systems are running okay you can always give the Comfort Air team a quick call and we can send a technician over to give your systems a thorough look through. If we do discover an issue, we can discuss with you what we believe to be the most prudent course of action between a repair or a new AC installation.

Of course, you ultimately have the final say on your homes HVAC systems, especially when AC installation may be in order. But the team here at Comfort Air wants to ensure that you remain as cool and comfortable as you possibly can this summer and we are here to offer our help and guidance when needed.

If you feel like your AC systems aren’t functioning properly or have broken all together, please give our team of certified technicians a quick call. When the days start to get hot, you’ll be glad you did!

Home automation is here, are you ready to take control?

For over 30 years Comfort Air has been known for its exemplary knowledge of installing and maintaining home HVAC systems. What may be less known however is that Comfort Air also specializes in installing home automation systems to help give you a greater degree of control over your home and its security.

Whether you just want a more secure door lock to deter criminals from your house or a more convenient way to control your home appliances remotely, Comfort Air’s home automation solutions have you covered. Our lineup includes everything from smart door locks and home security cameras to remote control access of your home and its appliances via the web.

Of course, it isn’t home automation if you constantly have to fiddle with everything. That’s why Comfort Air helps you install products that truly have the smarts to make your life easier and worry free. We have door locks that are capable of locking themselves and sophisticated home monitoring systems that can be accessed no matter where you are. Not to mention we have mobile solutions that can help you control your already installed Comfort Air HVAC systems remotely when you are away from your home. The future is coming; home automation is already here. Let us help you take control of your home today!

HVAC & SERVICE REPAIR

Staying comfortable at home isn’t always as simple as adjusting the thermostat, it sometimes requires an expert’s touch. We are here to help you no matter if you need HVAC repair work right away, a visual system inspection, or simply want to avoid costly problems down the road with routine HVAC maintenance. Our NATE-Certified technicians and our friendly staff is ready to take care of all your heating, cooling and clean air needs. Our quick response time means your furnace repair and air conditioning repairs services can be completed in a timely manner; keeping your family nestled in comfort.

In addition to HVAC repair and maintenance, we also offer services to winterize your system or get your air conditioner ready to handle the warmer summer temperatures. We can maintain your HVAC filters, clean ducts, install heating and air conditioning parts, and more to help you stay comfortable and lower the amount of allergens in your home.

If you are in need of a repair, we can save you money. Unlike many of our competitors, we charge by the job rather than by the hour. That means – NO SURPRISES! In addition, we offer financing with approved credit, coupons and know about current rebates available for new furnace or air conditioning system installations.

Contact us today at 360-891-2665 or request service via our convenient online form.

HEATING VANCOUVER WA – HOW TO RETROFIT YOUR FURNACE FOR BETTER EFFICIENCY

Summer is officially over and although we haven’t quite yet reached the chilly temperatures that we are accustomed to here in the Northwest, rest assured they are on their way. That means now is a good time to start gearing up for the cold months ahead.

One of the things you should do to make sure that your heating in Vancouver WA is ready for fall and winter is to check your furnace or boiler to be sure they are running up to speed. You can contact Comfort Air for help with this or any other heating service in Vancouver WA you might need.

If your older furnace or boiler isn’t working as well as you would like, but you’re not ready to replace it completely you can have it retrofitted to improve its efficiency. Upgrading your system not only helps it run more efficiently, but it can also make your unit safer.

If you are considering retrofitting your unit you should also consider how much longer you plan to use it. If you are going to replace it within a year or two, then you should probably skip the retrofit and get a new unit now. You can also upgrade your system by installing a programmable thermostat, adding zone controls or upgrading your ductwork.

If you need of these heating services in Vancouver WA, then contact Comfort Air today at 360-891-2665.

CONTACT YOUR TRANE COMFORT SPECIALIST FOR FURNACE REPAIR IN VANCOUVER WA

Who wants to deal with furnace repairs in Vancouver WA? Of course, no one does. However, furnaces break down and repairs are necessary. Many people in the Vancouver area have Trane model furnaces. Although we service all types of furnace units, at Comfort Air we are Trane Comfort Specialists serving the entire Vancouver and Portland areas.

 

That means whether you are looking for a brand new Trane HVAC system or your current system simply needs some repairs, you can contact Comfort Air, a certified Trane Comfort Specialist.

 

At Comfort Air we are proud to say that we offer Trane furnaces. Being a Trane Comfort Specialist is not just a fancy title. Having that certification means that we are and independent Trane dealer of the highest standing. It also means that we are committed to being the best in every aspect of our business.

 

You can learn more about the Trane furnaces we offer by clicking here. You can also learn more about our certification as a Trane Comfort Specialist by clicking here. And if you need any furnace repair in Vancouver WA, then click here.